This isn’t actually a brewery any more, that all stopped in 1999 according to quaffale (hat-tip to The Beer Cast for that one). The new non-Punch-Taverns owners should reconsider in this new climate of breweries popping up everywhere.
It’s had a bit of a makeover since we were last here a couple of years ago. It seemed a little rough back then and the bogs were flippin’ reeking! Thankfully that’s all in the past now. It’s certainly more tourist-friendly these days.
The menus all say that the place is part of “Do Drop Inns“, but the sign outside says “The Orchid Group“. It appears that the former is the “proper pubs with quality award winning cask ales” arm of the latter. I’ve never heard of either before, and this is their only pub in Edinburgh, according to the web site.
Cask: Caledonian Deuchars and 80/-, Stewart’s Pumpkin Ale, plus one empty tap.
Keg: Belhaven Black and Best, Tennent’s Lager, Staropramen, Stella Artois, Strongbow.
This being my first pub after being on holiday, I’ve forgotten to note the price of the round. It was neither cheap nor expensive, so assume around £3.70 +/- 30p for the cask beers.
There’s a restaurant upstairs, but we didn’t go up to check it. The menu outside seems fairly standard pub food at average prices, £7 to £10 for a main.
Music: Bon Jovi, Pet Shop Boys, Paulo Nutini.